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In this spe­cial repeat edi­tion of First Voic­es Radio, Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse rais­es the issue of abuse of Ayahuas­ca and oth­er med­i­c­i­nal plants that are com­mon­ly known to Native peo­ples and have been used for heal­ing pur­pos­es. He speaks with Eda Zavala Lopez, who is ded­i­cat­ed to Ama­zon­ian Indige­nous heal­ing prac­tices by lead­ing cer­e­monies with med­i­c­i­nal plants, prac­tic­ing ancient ways of heal­ing knowl­edge and empow­er­ing her peo­ple in pre­serv­ing their sacred ter­ri­to­ries. As a Curan­dera, Eda direct­ly uses the pow­er of med­i­c­i­nal plants to help heal peo­ple emo­tion­al­ly and spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, espe­cial­ly women. As a spir­i­tu­al leader in her vil­lage, she is deeply com­mit­ted to Indige­nous Peru­vian peo­ple in defend­ing their sacred ter­ri­to­ries and pro­tect­ing their lands. Tiokasin also speaks with Rudy Laz­zaro (Pinkuyo), who is an Inca Indige­nous jew­el­ry mak­er orig­i­nal­ly from Char­coyo, Bolivia, and based in New York City. Rudy has par­tic­i­pat­ed in numer­ous Ayahuas­ca and San Pedro meet­ings and has seen the abuse of the med­i­cines first hand. Rudy with his uncle Chi­no, who is Mapuche, helps peo­ple find their way back from the abuse of the tra­di­tion­al med­i­cines using sweat lodges and philo­soph­i­cal talks.